Seth Parsell showed his maturation as a bowler during the Division II district boys tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
After he and his Worthington Christian teammates got off to a slow start, the senior bounced back with a much better second game and went on to earn one of the three individual berths to the state tournament Friday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Parsell finished fifth overall at district with a 564 three-game series. He rolled a 171 in the first game before rolling a 203 and a 190 in the final two games.
"I think the greatest (streak I had) was (three consecutive strikes)," said Parsell, who helped the Warriors reach state in 2016. "You just want to complete any frame and don't leave any open."
Parsell tied for 70th at state with a 540 in 2016 as the Warriors finished last of 16 teams in their only state team appearance.
Worthington Christian was 11th of 12 teams after the first game at district but rolled a 221 in the first of six Baker games to move back into contention for a state berth. The Warriors ended up finishing sixth (3,257), however, as Jonathan Alder (3,717), Heath (3,595) and Licking Valley (3,491) advanced to state.
Parsell is excited about his second opportunity to compete at state.
"I'm much more consistent (than I was in 2016)," he said. "It's normally a thicker oil pattern (at state), so I'll have to use a higher hook ball."
During the regular season, Parsell had a 201.3 average to lead all Division II boys in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference. His highest score was 268.
"Seth is just an awesome kid," coach Dave Krebs said. "He's a senior captain and has been a great leader all year. He consistently shoots 200. He's been very steady."
Also competing in all three games at district were senior Barrett Bowen (487) and sophomore Caleb Slagle (451), while junior Garrett Rowda and sophomore Clay Danec also saw action.
The girls team finished ninth (2,892) at district as Jonathan Alder (3,287), Heath (3,207) and North Union (3,205) advanced to state.
The Warriors were last of 12 teams after bowling a 634 in the first game, but rolled a 701 in the third game and set a program-record by rolling a 196 in the second Baker game.
Senior Alyssa Weishaar finished 11th (491) to lead the Warriors. Sophomores Amber Ralston (427) and Coral Varian (361) also competed in all three games, while sophomore Natalie Opava and freshman Emily Weishaar also saw action.
"They really killed it in the Bakers," coach Matt Hamilton said. "We set a goal to have 160 or more, and one of the Bakers was our record-setting highest Baker ever, so they did awesome there. We just couldn't find the combination of who to bowl throughout the day."
Girls basketball team falls to Trojans
The 12th-seeded girls basketball team lost to eighth-seeded Centerburg 42-34 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Feb. 24 to finish 13-10.
Emma Linehan had 16 points and Katherine Weakley, Emily Hall and Alex Evans each scored six for the Warriors, who also lost to Centerburg 39-30 on Dec. 5.
Season ends for boys basketball team
The 15th-seeded boys basketball team opened the Division III district tournament Feb. 26 with a 54-28 loss to fifth-seeded Galion Northmor in a first-round game.
Worthington Christian closed the regular season with a 68-59 victory over Newark Catholic on Feb. 21 but finished 9-14 after the loss to Northmor.
Nakimba Mullins had 31 points against the Green Wave but was held to two points in the tournament loss as Kyle Smith scored 10 points to lead the Warriors.